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The Margin: Lollapalooza returns to Chicago lakefront in July after pandemic pause


CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Lollapalooza, one of the U.S.’s largest annual multiday music festivals, is set to return to full strength — and full capacity — in late July after a nearly two-year hiatus, as Variety first reported late last week.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and local media on Tuesday confirmed the report, with the mayor noting in a tweet that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test would be required for admission.

The 2020 festival was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The last event was held Aug. 1–4, 2019, and featured acts including the Strokes, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, Flume, Lil Wayne, Death Cab for Cutie and even a DJ set by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal.

The festival, first held as a traveling event in 1991 organized by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and situated in Chicago since 2005, features big-name rock, alternative, hip-hop and electronic acts over a four-day period on multiple stages in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, is slated to run July 29 through Aug. 1.

The 2021 lineup is set to be unveiled Wednesday morning, with four-day-pass sales beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

The festival, operated since 2014 by Live Nation Entertainment

has offshoot events in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France and other countries.

While Coachella and South By Southwest’s live events were canceled for the second year in a row, a number of major music festivals are planning to resume this year, mostly in the fall, including Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, New York City’s Governor’s Ball, and the Bay Area’s Bottlerock and Outside Lands.

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